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Noah's Ark (1928)

Not Rated  |   |  Drama, War  |  21 November 1929 (Denmark)
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The Biblical story of Noah and the Great Flood, with a parallel story of soldiers in the First World War.

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(story) (as Darryl Francis Zanuck) , (adaptation) (as Anthony Coldewey) , 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Mary / Miriam
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Travis / Japheth
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Nickoloff / King Nephiliu
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Hilda / Tavern Maid
Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams ...
Al / Ham (as Gwynn Williams)
Paul McAllister ...
Minister / Noah
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Dancer / Slave Girl
Anders Randolf ...
The German / Leader of Soldiers
Armand Kaliz ...
The Frenchman / Leader of the King's Guard
William V. Mong ...
Innkeeper / Guard
Malcolm Waite ...
The Blakan / Shem
Nigel De Brulier ...
Soldier / High Priest
Noble Johnson ...
Slave Broker
Otto Hoffman ...
Investor with Gun / Trader
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Storyline

After a short split prologue showing riches as the root of evil in ancient and modern times, the film settles into 1914 France, where the Orient Express is about to be wrecked when a bridge washes out. Among those on board are Al and Travis, Americans who are traveling Europe spending Travis' money, and Marie, a German girl. The boys save Marie after the wreck and Travis falls in love with her. When World War I breaks out Al wants to enlist, but Travis can't, feeling loyal to Marie, a German. By 1917 Al has enlisted, and Travis follows him shortly after marrying Marie. Accused of being a German spy by a Russian agent, she is sentenced to die but is recognized by Travis, who is part of the firing squad. The town they are in is shelled and they are all trapped underground, during which a minister makes a lengthy parallel to ancient times when the King of Akkad persecuted his subjects and defied Jehovah, who finally sends a flood to wipe out mankind, except for Noah and his family, whom ... Written by Ron Kerrigan <,mvg@whidbey.com>

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Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

21 November 1929 (Denmark)  »

Also Known As:

A Arca de Noé  »

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Budget:

$1,005,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (re-release) (1957) | (1990s restoration)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Apparatus) (talking sequences, musical score and sound effects)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Dolores Costello came down with pneumonia while working on this film. See more »

Quotes

Al: This war is more than just a fight. It's more like a funeral. And everybody ought to be in the procession or the hearse.
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Soundtracks

The Invincible Eagle
(1901) (uncredited)
Music by John Philip Sousa
Played when Travis watches Al in the parade and tells Marie he feels ashamed
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Waiting for the rainbow...
22 December 2008 | by See all my reviews

The conclusion of the movie leaves a bitter taste in the mouth .In his remake of his classic silent "J'accuse" (1937) ,Abel Gance too proclaimed universal peace.It was not to be the last of all the wars and men are still fighting at my time of writing.And there's another flood "in which we are engulfed which is more treacherous and persistent:the deluge of the mass production (and consummation)moves inexorably forward ,capturing everything that walks in whirlpools" of frozen food,rusted cars,DVDs and CDs,cans ,boxes ,hamburgers ,tons and tons of Bumf (papers) ,growing in an exponential way...

Curtiz's movie was obviously intended to match the scale and quality (and commercial appeal)of De Mille'' "the ten commandments " .The structure is the same:a fine mixture of two stories ,a modern one (WW1,the deluge of blood)and a "biblical story" ,reversing De Mille's order .The connection between the two stories is perhaps tighter than in the 1924 work although in the first part of the movie the viewer may sometimes wonder what Curtiz is driving at.

The biblical story has been " expanded " ,which was necessary for Noah's story is rather short and not particularly eventful if spectacular. Curtiz borrowed a lot from De Mille in the scenes of the deluge and when God "writes" to Noah (using thunderbolt).But his deluge is superior to John Huston's "the animals went in two by two" sequence in "The Bible" (1967)

All in all,this is a very exciting show ,which features talking scenes ,including a whole version of "La Madelon" the Poilus' songs during WW1.The parade on the Champs D'Elysées with a painted Arc De Triomphe in the background and women throwing flowers when Travis sees Al marching on to war is a great moment.Melodrama reaches peaks of kitsch when the same is to execute ...his own wife ,condemned in mistake for spying.

When will we see Noah's dove?


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